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January 21, 2015

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12:53 AM | Help Sought With Mystery Goo Killing Birds in San Francisco Bay
Unidentified substance has killed or injured hundreds of birds so far.

January 20, 2015

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8:45 PM | About Reports on Ocean Extinction And The Usual Suspects
A paper in the Journal Science is being widely reported as portending mass ocean extinctions The oceans are indeed under a severe threat but not... The post About Reports on Ocean Extinction And The Usual Suspects appeared first on Russ George.
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6:08 PM | Discoveries of the week #23
Aphanius marassantensisAphanius marassantensis, new species, is described from the Kızılırmak River drainage in northern Anatolia based on colouration, meristic and morphometric characters, and the mtDNA COI barcode region. It is distinguished from other Anatolian Aphanius by one or several of the following characters: a stout body shape (BD/SL 28.2–39.6%), complete scale cover, and 25–28 scales along the lateral line. Males have 8–13 dark-brown lateral bars, of […]
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5:30 PM | The View from the North: Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change Appears Increasingly Unlikely
In 2010, representatives of 193 governments agreed to limit global warming to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The goal is to avoid 'dangerous interference with the climate system.' Four years later, a widely publicized study concluded that if we are to keep to that goal, all Arctic fossil fuel resources "should be classified as unburnable." Moreover, there can be no increase in production of unconventional oil, including oil shale and tar […]
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4:30 PM | futurescope: Robot paralysed by choice of who to save New...
futurescope: Robot paralysed by choice of who to save New Scientist has a story about a new experiment that tests Asimov’s fictional First Law of Robotics in which ethical robots prevent humans from coming to harm. CAN we teach a robot to be good? Fascinated by the idea, roboticist Alan Winfield of Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK built an ethical trap for a robot – and was stunned by the machine’s response… [read more] This is a pretty amazing video, and may […]
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4:15 PM | Postdoctoral Fellowship Opening at NTNU University Museum
And another DNA Barcoding PostDoc - this time in Trondheim, Norway:The NTNU University Museum is seeking a highly qualified postdoctoral researcher for a project on environmental barcoding/metabarcoding of freshwater invertebrates. The position is for 3 years, preferably with start June 1, 2015. The successful candidate will conduct research on the project “Environmental Barcoding of Aquatic Invertebrates (EBAI)” funded by the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Environment […]
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3:30 PM | Energy in the 2015 State of the Union
Tonight President Obama will address a joint session of Congress for the 2015 State of the Union. In 2009, his speech described that renewable energy would “transform our economy, protect our... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:24 PM | How Electric Light Changed the Night
Artificial light makes the modern world possible. But not all kinds of light are good for us. Electric light has fundamentally altered our lives, our bodies and the very nature of our sleep.
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2:23 PM | Visualizing a global oil price crash in three charts
Since last summer, global crude oil prices have dropped by about 60%, from upwards of $110 to the current $45 per barrel. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the heart of this crash... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | Is there an optimal urbanization strategy?
Cities are going to get bigger. With more than half the world now living in urban areas, and that percentage growing steadily, that means the concrete and steel will have to stretch out into areas that are currently forest and farm and grass. But just letting that process happen without a plan is likely to
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11:31 AM | Tiger Population in India shows 30.5 percent increase in 2014
A tiger under captivity in a zoo in Mangalore, Karnataka. As per the latest estimates released by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the number of tigers found in the wild, in India increased from 1706 in 2010 to 2226 in 2014. The new figures shows that there is a 30.5 percent increase in the tiger population compared to the last
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4:30 AM | Importing California water
At Costco over the weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I snapped this iPhone picture of California almonds, lots of them. I was planning the joke even before I took it about imported California water, on sale here in the desert. Which is true. Takes a lot of California water to make these almonds. But upon ...Continue reading ‘Importing California water’ »
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1:40 AM | Watch an “A.I. Mario” Learn to Interact with People...
Watch an “A.I. Mario” Learn to Interact with People and his Digital World It may not look like much (and the aesthetics of the game and video could be much better), but this is actually pretty damn amazing. (And it’s obviously an early phase in the technology.) Personally, I’d love to see a virtual brain (e.g. this robo-worm brain) explore a digital landscape we all know, and maybe even invent some novel strategies and solutions. Plus, I’m sure it’ll make […]
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12:08 AM | In the Arctic, 'Magic Hour' Lasts Far More Than Just an Hour
Pic of the Day After being absent since October, the sun will return to Tromsø, Norway on Wednesday, Jan. 21. And even though I'm visiting here for just a little over a week, and I have therefore not missed the sun for months on end like the residents of this lovely Arctic city, I'm very much looking forward to the moment when it will briefly poke up above the horizon. In the meantime, as a photographer — and just someone who appreciates nature every single […]

January 19, 2015

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8:52 PM | Become A Good Shepherd Instead – An Open Letter to Dr.Roy Spencer
Engineer or Good Shepherd Today, 18 Jan. 2015, my blog here started seeing a good number of people visiting who had arrived from the blog... The post Become A Good Shepherd Instead – An Open Letter to Dr.Roy Spencer appeared first on Russ George.
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4:30 PM | 3D Printing Homes I’ve written about 3d printing houses...
3D Printing Homes I’ve written about 3d printing houses before (in space, actually - x), but I’m psyched seeing the developments, such as one company in China printing large pieces of houses with a good amount of recycled material and only costing $5,000 for a simple home! Not to mention the pace at which they work, apparently printing 10 homes in one day using four printers! Really huge part of this will be the ability to not just print homes inexpensively and quickly, but to […]
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4:08 PM | Are we moving wildlife in the right direction?
Despite rapid growth in the field of reintroduction biology, results from scientific research are often not applied to translocations initiated when human land-use change conflicts with the continued persistence of a species’ population at a particular site. Such mitigation-driven translocations outnumber and receive more funding than science-based conservation translocations, yet the conservation benefit of the former is unclear. Over the past decades we saw an […]
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3:04 PM | How to Make Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty – The Future of UK Carbon Reductions
The United Kingdom has been on a purposeful path toward a less carbon-intensive energy sector since passing the UK Climate Change Act in 2008. But, questions exist regarding the achievability of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:48 PM | The Hard Path: moving water costs a lot
Brett Walton reports this morning on the initial cost estimates for a pipeline/canal thingie to move Missouri River water to western Kansas: By all measures, it would be a mammoth undertaking. A 360-mile canal to move Missouri River water uphill across Kansas would cost $US 18 billion to build and $US 1 billion per year ...Continue reading ‘The Hard Path: moving water costs a lot’ »
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2:00 PM | Sick Sea Lions Wash Up on California Beaches
Last year hundreds of malnourished sea lion pups and adults with brain damage washed up on California beaches. Rescuers treated them as scientists worked to study the cause.
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1:42 PM | In Alabama, West Point Cadets Explore Polluted Civil Rights
West Point cadets and faculty learn how environmental problems in prosperous places sometimes end up shunted to communities still fighting for full civil rights.
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12:34 PM | First year postgraduate ‘to-do list’
A list of things I wish someone, probably my supervisor, had told me “It would be really helpful if you checked out X and apply to Y…”. Join any relevant societies. Be it incredibly broad, e.g. Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG), or subject area specific, e.g. Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), or something more specific […]
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9:59 AM | The Shifting Polar Paradox: As the Arctic Meltdown Continues, Will the Arctic Oil Rush Go On?
If I had to come up with one word to describe the gestalt of my first winter visit to Tromsø, Norway, it would be “paradox.” I’m now here for my third winter trip, to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference, where the theme is “climate and energy.” I suspect the same word will apply — but this time for a different reason. Many things have changed since my first visit in 2013, including the price of oil, the recognition of how difficult it is […]

January 18, 2015

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11:46 PM | Smart Air Vents - One Step Further for the Smart Home While...
Smart Air Vents - One Step Further for the Smart Home While products like the Nest thermostat are helping make houses smarter on the whole - and saving money and energy - they could go farther. That’s where “Keen Home” comes in. This system helps intelligently regulate the temperature in each individual room, which is terrifically useful, since one doesn’t need, nor necessarily want, every room in a building to have the same temperature. I wouldn’t call this a […]
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9:06 PM | Wish You All a ‘Prosperous’ New Year—But What Does Prosperous Mean?
The year 2014 seemed a long year when it came a year ago but passed by very quickly giving way to another long New Year and fresh hope that the world would be prosperous. What does it mean for all the countries in the world to be Prosperous? It requires creating a successful, flourishing or thriving … Continue reading Wish You All a ‘Prosperous’ New Year—But What Does Prosperous Mean? →
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8:56 PM | Bridging the communication gap: researchers vs. residents in environmental science
In the far southwestern corner of Alberta, tucked up against the eastern flanks of the Rocky Mountains, is the Star Creek watershed. Seen from the road, its alpine heights blend seamlessly with the rest of the Flathead Range, which extends south down to Montana. Its forested lower elevations are hidden in the folds of the…
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4:47 PM | We don’t get to decide nature’s boundaries
My Albuquerque Journal colleague Win Quigley, intrigued by the coyotes in his Albuquerque Country Club neighborhood, near downtown, visited with the Bosque Environmental Monitoring Program’s Dan Shaw and wrote this: [C]onsider the country club neighborhood, Shaw said. Kit Carson Park and the country club golf course abut the irrigation ditch, which abuts Tingley Beach, which ...Continue reading ‘We don’t get to decide nature’s boundaries’ »
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4:30 PM | I have lately been reading up on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty and probability theories in particular. I was wondering could it be possible that probable positions of particles could actually be the same particle being bent in higher dimension and poking out into our 3 dimension space? So instead of them being probable positions they are just the same position but through the perspective of higher dimensions???
I have no idea! But I find your idea fascinating. Any followers care to weigh in?

January 17, 2015

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5:50 PM | New Mexico water policy and the problems of a part-time legislature
A few years back, I put on my “water beat reporter” hat and went to Santa Fe for the spring legislative session to track some bills that I found interesting. The newspaper has a team of skilled legislative specialists who I’ve always been able to lean on, but it was fun to bring my water ...Continue reading ‘New Mexico water policy and the problems of a part-time legislature’ »
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4:30 PM | Hi! You and your followers might be interested in the Australian Museum Biodiversity Portal. You can transcribe specimen labels, field notes and journals :)
This looks pretty cool! Anyone interested in citizen science projects should definitely check it out. Link
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